Roger Earl of March, who was the son
Of Edmund Mortimer, who married Philippe,
Sole daughter unto
Lionel Duke of Clarence:
So, if the issue of the elder son
Succeed before the younger, I am king.
What plain proceeding is more plain than this?
Henry doth claim the crown from John of Gaunt,
son; York claims it from the third.
Till Lionel's issue fails, his should not reign:
It fails not yet, but flourishes
And in thy sons, fair slips of such a stock.
Then, father Salisbury, kneel we together;
And in this
private plot be we the first
That shall salute our rightful sovereign
With honour of his birthright to the crown.
Long live our sovereign Richard, England's king!
We thank you, lords. But I am not your king
Till I be crown'd and that my sword be stain'd
blood of the house of Lancaster;
And that's not suddenly to be perform'd,
But with advice and silent secrecy.
you as I do in these dangerous days:
Wink at the Duke of Suffolk's insolence,
At Beaufort's pride, at Somerset's
At Buckingham and all the crew of them,
Till they have snared the shepherd of the flock,
virtuous prince, the good Duke Humphrey:
'Tis that they seek, and they in seeking that
Shall find their
deaths, if York can prophesy.
My lord, break we off; we know your mind at full.
My heart assures me that the Earl of Warwick
Shall one day make the Duke of York a king.
And, Nevil, this I do assure myself:
Richard shall live to make the Earl of Warwick
The greatest man in
England but the king.
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